Corrections Amendment (Electronic Monitoring) Bill 2020 - Have your say

Section 72(5) of the Corrections Act 1997 (the Act) currently empowers the Parole Board of Tasmania to make a parole order subject to such terms and conditions as the Board considers necessary and as are specified in the order.

Without limiting the Board’s general powers under s.72(5), this Bill amends the Act to provide specific authority for the Parole Board to include electronic monitoring as a condition when it grants parole to a prisoner.

Electronic monitoring enables an offender’s location to be tracked via GPS through an electronic device. It provides a means to monitor in real-time whether the offender is complying with relevant conditions of their parole order such as curfews or prohibitions on entry into proscribed areas or residences.

All other Australian jurisdictions except the Australian Capital Territory explicitly provide in their legislation that electronic monitoring can be included as a condition of parole. In Tasmania, no specific provisions for electronic monitoring of parolees are currently contained within the Act, although courts currently have powers to impose a condition requiring electronic monitoring when making a home detention order or family violence order.

Publishing submissions

Public consultation on a draft Corrections Amendment (Electronic Monitoring) Bill 2020 (PDF, 47.6 KB) commenced on 9 July 2020 and concluded on 29 July.

The consultation process was undertaken by the Department of Justice and was subject to the Government’s ‘Publication of Submissions Received by Tasmanian Government Departments in Response to Consultation on Major Policy Issues’ policy.

Further details on the policy and a link to the full document are available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website (external link).

The Department of Justice received three submissions that are required to be published in accordance with the policy. As the Government’s consideration of all submissions has now concluded, those submissions that are required to be published have been made available.

The final Bill will be available on the Parliament of Tasmania (external link) website once tabled.

Accessibility of submissions

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